Houlton have been appointed by Hull City Council to deliver phase two of the works at Priory Wood Cemetery starting in November 2021 and running for approximately 30 weeks and consisting mainly of drainage and landscape works.
With space becoming limited at Northern Cemetery, further investment at Priory Wood was required and the second phase of work, which starts in November includes extending the visitor centre, installing extra car parking and adding a memorial and a peace gardens.
Lisa Buttery, head of customer service at Hull Council, said the aim was to make it a "really peaceful, tranquil" space, which was used both as an open space and cemetery serving Hull and surrounding residents. The extension to the visitor centre should be ready in April and there would be a member of staff on hand to talk to people.
She said: "We had a lot of surface water and so it wasn't draining away. The new drainage system has really improved that and we can see the benefits already.
"The approach is about it being a really peaceful, tranquil open space."
In a council decision record Councillor Rosie Nicola said the work needed to be done as soon as possible.
She said: "It is essential that we undertake phase two of this project if the city is to have sufficient burial plots to the west of Hull. Without these works we face the possibility in the near future of having no further burial capacity available in North and Western Cemeteries and we must take these steps to remedy this situation as quickly as possible."
Works: External landscaping and extension to existing building - The works involved improvement of site wide infrastructure as detailed below: -
New signage - external hardwood notice boards, oak finger way signs, oak ladder signs.
Extending existing tarmac car park area, including new and renewed line marking to all areas.
Drainage for new building extension and new hard surfacing areas.
New footpaths, resin bound, Breedon gravel, blocksett and tarmac styles.
New landscaping including land art bunds/raised areas, planting, seeding, willow arch works.
New seating, hardwood benches, cube seats, sheep structures.
New water features, bowls with fountains.
New low level rubble walls.
Clearing out existing attenuation ponds and creating new timber steps and fencing for them.